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Institution of Acolytes 04 December 2011

Posted on 04. Dec, 2011 in Carousel

The new acolytes photographed with Bishop McKeown, Deacon John Harris and Fr Ciaran O’Carroll, College Rector

Two Irish College seminarians, Andrew Black, Diocese of Down and Connor and Micheal McGavigan, Diocese of Derry were instituted as acolytes during Sunday Mass in the College chapel on the second Sunday of Advent, 4 December 2011.

Bishop Donal McKeown, Auxiliary Bishop of Down and Connor presided at the liturgy.

The ministry of acolyte is a step towards ordination to the diaconate and priesthood. It is closely linked to the Eucharist and involves assisting the priest and deacon during the celebration of Mass. The new acolytes were presented with a paten containing the bread to be used in the celebration of Mass while the Bishop said “Take this vessel with bread for the celebration of the eucharist. Make your life worthy of your service at the table of the Lord and his Church.”